On Boxing Day we make the journey over Barton Bridge as we visit Trafford FC. The North currently sit in 7th place in the league and will be looking climb back up into the play-off spots as we approach the business end of the season.
At the weekend, they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Prescot Cables, with Michael Monaghan scoring in each half. The Cables leapfrogging Trafford to take the 4th place spot Trafford had occupied.
Our first ever Evo-Stik game took place at Shawe View in August 2017, a glorious sunny day which saw Trafford take the lead before former Colls Mon Ash Woods smashed a penalty kick against Adam Reid’s crossbar to keep the deficit at 1-0. Darrhyl Mason was then felled by Grant Shenton to give Colls their own penalty kick, Iain Howard making no mistake to send the Colls fans assembled on the grassy bank behind the goal into delirium.
Trafford’s recent results seem to fall into two categories, 0-0 draws and goal fests. Prior to this weekend, their last six fixtures had already seen a 4-1 away win at Market Drayton Town, a 3-4 home defeat to Droylsden and a 3-3 draw at Newcastle Town contrasted with a 0-0 draws with Kidsgrove Athletic and Glossop North End whilst a 2-2 draw away to Droylsden in the Integro Cup led to a 8-7 win on penalties to bag a quarter-final spot.
Danger man for Trafford is former Altrincham striker Darius Palma who bagged a quick fire first half hat-trick in that win at Newcastle Town. However Trafford share the goals around, with Liam Ellis and Aaron Burns also weighing in.
For Colls, James Kirby is expected to return from a foot injury whilst Ben Conway is hoping to recover from a knock picked up on Saturday.